Italians are picky about their food and they eat a lot. In Italy it is not unusual that a three course meal actually consists of seventeen different kinds of food. Every time you get offered a new plate, be aware that it’s probably not the last..
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Terracina is an excellent starting point for day trips to Rome, Naples, Pompeii or to the Ponza Islands. Several places closer to Terracina are also worth visiting.
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Terracina has a very large supply of local products, grown at the Pontine plains and offers a huge selection of excellent food; very sweet tomatoes, dewy sweet grapes, spicy rucola which almost burns your tongue, intensely green basil with huge leaves etc etc – everything is fresh and colorful and it tastes so good! Moreover, the prices are quite reasonable too, if you shop at the right place. Local food is the best and it’s cheaper as well, as it comes without packaging.
There’s a daily market at the large hall by the canal and at the small shops on the street outside. In the winter months, from September to April, the hall is closed on Sundays. The rest of the year it’s open every day.
When renting one of our apartments in the Old town you get to know your Italian neighbours very well. They dont speak much English, but they are friendly and want to get to know you, so instead of speaking, they gesticulate a lot! It’s probably a good idea if you prepare yourself and learn a few Italian phrases instead of being mute the whole time. If you don’t speak at all, the Italians will definitely think you don’t like them.
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For as long as I’ve been living in Terracina there’s always been just one local taxi. It’s a lot easier getting a taxi on any small island than in Terracina, even if the population here consists of 45.000 people. I guess the reason for this is that taxis are used mostly by tourists. You can see many of them in the streets looking around, exploring – there’s no rush – they like to get from one place to another on foot. But when arriving and departing with suitcases it becomes a rather heavy duty if there are no local taxis around. Or if it rains really hard. The Italians on the other hand drive. All the time. Except on Sundays when they park their car on the beach promenade (yes, they drive from their house to get there) and take a stroll.
Luckily there are people making a business of driving longer distances, like to and from the airport. There are also trains.
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